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South Korea conducts experimental plasma therapy on MERS patients

Jun 16, 2015

South Korea conducts experimental plasma therapy on MERS patients

Two South Korean hospitals are conducting experimental treatment on Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) patients, injecting them with blood plasma from recovering patients, the Health Ministry said Tuesday, as four new cases were reported. The procedure has been conducted on two consenting MERS patients ...

China's big biotech bet starts to pay off

Jun 10, 2015

China's big biotech bet starts to pay off

Years of pouring money into its laboratories, wooing scientists home from overseas and urging researchers to publish and patent is starting to give China a competitive edge in biotechnology, a strategic field it sees as ripe for “indigenous innovation.” The vast resources China can ...

Wedding photo becomes symbol of South Korean MERS scare

Jun 10, 2015

Wedding photo becomes symbol of South Korean MERS scare

A South Korean couple’s special day has become an unexpected symbol of the country’s MERS health scare, after a joke wedding photo with their guests wearing surgical face masks went viral. The picture that flooded South Korean social networking sites showed the young couple ...

South Korea says its deadly MERS outbreak may have peaked

Jun 9, 2015

South Korea says its deadly MERS outbreak may have peaked

South Korea believes its MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government’s belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed seven people and infected nearly 100 in the country. ...